Aaron Carter, 23 Sports

Saturday, January 7—

Mizzou track and field began its 2017 season with a border battle against two Big Ten teams: the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini, in Iowa City, Iowa. Although the team was unable to claim the team victory, many Tigers stood out Saturday afternoon.

One of these Tigers was senior sprinter LaQuisha Jackson. Jackson took first in the 60m dash with a time of 7.42; this time beat out her sophomore teammate Maya Cody by .06 seconds. Jackson has dominated the sprints throughout her career as she holds the school records for both the 60m and 200m dashes. Jackson and Cody also competed in the 4x400m Relay team for the women, which earned a third place finish.

Another Tiger, Gabi Jacobs, took first in the shot put with a throw of 14.88m for the women, which marked a personal best for the redshirt sophomore. Jacobs was one of only two Tigers to place in the field events on Saturday, the other being redshirt senior Ahren Bohanan on the men’s side. Bohanan took third in the weight throw.

Of the 38 Tigers that participated on Saturday, 21 men and 17 women, seven Tigers made their college debuts. Freshman Karina Liz, who finished second in the 600m, redshirt freshman Samantha Farmer and redshirt sophomore Tsai-Anne Joseph made their debuts for the women’s side. Freshman Tyler Gillam, freshman Robert Kuhlmann, freshman Justin Loquercio and freshman Dylan Quisenberry ran their first events for the men’s side.

Following the Border Battle, the Tigers will next compete in the Commodore Invitational on Jan. 13-14. This will be the meet right before the Tigers hold their first home invitational on Jan. 20 at the Hearnes Center.